Last week on the 10th of September 2017, the 1st year students of the Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur took a deep dive into the world of Supply Chain - one of the most significant aspects of any business in the present age. The trigger that led them to this opportunity of exploration was ‘Chain Reaction 3.0,’ an event on Supply Chain conducted by ScOpe - the Supply Chain and Operations Club of VGSoM.
Chain Reaction 3.0 was an extremely intriguing event, comprising teams of 2 students each and 2 rounds - the first being an online round involving submission of powerpoint presentations and the second being a live presentation accompanied by a Q&A round on the same. The companies picked up for being presented upon were part of ‘Gartner’s list of the top 50 supply chain companies of the world’ and ranged from the fast-food giant McDonalds to the retail juggernaut Best Buy. The companies straddled every industry and geography and offered a plethora of learning points to immensely enrich the students. From close to 50 enthusiastic entries received, the ScOpe team selected the best 8 for the ultimate round. The ultimate round witnessed an intense battle between the teams as they unleashed the creative geniuses within them in the form of beautiful slideshows, ornately arranged words, logical explanations, and illustrations. Not only were the slides highly engaging but also the manner of presenting them was quite captivating. The presentations were followed by a number of testing questions from the audience and the panel of judges, to which the teams put forth their expositions to the best of their abilities.
It was indeed a rich platter of knowledge serving a wide variety of supply chain concepts ranging from Lean Manufacturing, BioManufacturing to Vendor Managed Inventories and Reverse Logistics. The judges were truly impressed by the level of research and efforts that the contenders had put into their crafts and had a really tough evening in selecting the top 3 out of the 8 finalists. The students despite being subjected to a barrage of submission deadlines, academic rigours, and club and committee duties left no stone unturned in their attempts to ace the event. This goes on to speak volumes about the intellectual proficiency and the managerial acumen of the students of VGSoM.
Thus the riveting event closed on a great note of appreciation from the judges and commendations from the audience. Indeed such events as ‘The Chain Reaction’ by ScOpe prove to be the drivers of growth in a management student’s life as he or she braces up to take on the organisational challenges of the future. With this, the institute looks forward to umpteen such uplifting events and clashes in the times ahead.